I’ve been reading some of your responses to the question of the week, and you guys sure don’t disappoint! Thanks for sharing (and continuing to do so) all your comments about content, and incidentally, I thought I’d mention a few of the new and returning shows that kicked off this past week on HGTV Canada.
Brand Spanking New
Among great new shows such as Around the World in 80 Gardens (a feast for those looking to get more “G” on HGTV), Extreme Living, and The Really Big Flip (always good for a good railing of the nerves), look out for the following picks for something completely different…
The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price
Do you remember this quirky cutie from Designer Superstar Challenge? Well he captured the hearts and minds of many, and is now back with his very own show, traversing Toronto’s design terrain as he temps in different jobs, taking on 13 different design challenges. Ambrose is from a town of 2000 people, in NFL, and trust me when I say that his clumsy charm is no put-on.
For those of you who don’t own – and I myself was a non-owner for most of my life – this show is the answer to all your unanswered questions. Host Jodi Gilmour, a rental expert and contributor to the show Marriage Under Construction, takes singles, roomies and couples looking to rent on every conceivable budget, through finding, moving in and smartly decorating their new apartment. There’s plenty of drama in meeting and quashing expectations, not to mention design on a dime for apartment decorating.
An inside look we’ve not been privy to before, Petal Pushers centers around Posies Flower Shop, a premier flower shop in western Canada, hosted by owner Karina Lemke and her team of dexterous floral designers. How do you coax flora and fauna into eclectic designs such as a large peace sign or a fire hydrant for a dog’s birthday party? By extension, how does one deal with clients’ unreasonable demands? A flower shop proves to be a stage in itself, in this new Canadian series.
Returning with new seasons are Hidden Potential (giving a whole new meaning to the word “possibility”), The Property Shop with that spunky agent-turned-broker Tatiana, Mansions and my personal favourite, The Unsellables – there’s something about those Allsop sisters! With her witty candor, Sophie Allsop (Kirstie Allsop’s sister) is the new queen of telling vending homeowners “how it is”.
Have you seen any of these yet?